El Lasso Community Centre, Canary Islands Building

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El Lasso Community Centre, Spain, Canary Islands Building

El Lasso Community Centre Building – design by Romera y Ruiz Arquitectos

17 Aug 2011

Lasso Community Centre

Las Palmas, Canary Islands

Design: Romera y Ruiz Arquitectos, Spain

The architectural project always negotiates with the territory, although sometimes this negotiation comes given to us. At the Lasso Community Center, a neglected neighbourhood of Las Palmas, the existing street and valley topography define a form and a space, the project just limits itself to draw limits, to construct the encounter between a garden and a viewpoint towards the sea.

El Lasso Community Centre El Lasso Community Centre
photos : Jorge Hernandez

Often the architecture constructed these permissive borders, like the walls raised in valleys to avoid their own erosion. The desire to create a place is always prior to the architectural accomplishment. The inner garden invents an open collective dominion formed by an enclosing curved wall, the built form and the tree shades. It becomes the scenario for representation of the communitarian use. In between the sea-views and the garden, the longitudinal built terrace watches the Atlantic Ocean, acting as a filter of light, spaces, northern breezes and contained views.

Versus time, the alive colors and casted shadows flood the facade that overlooks the sea, turning it into a landscape of polarized light. The facade turns into an actor rather than a passive element that just stands and shows. On plan, the built form is a heavy wall on which spaces are carved and oriented to catch snapshots of the exterior. The building section gently negotiates the sloping topography allowing for two accesses at different levels.

Architecture that almost with the ease of farming becomes content of the territory and incarnation of the Canarian landscape, full of color, dry mud walls, torrents and drains.

El Lasso Community Centre
photo : Juan Correa

Lasso Community Centre Las Palmas information from Romera y Ruiz Arquitectos

Lasso Community Centre Las Palmas images from FD


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